From Intervarsity: “How do I start reading the Bible?”
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship has a very helpful article on their StudentSoul.org site about How do I start reading the Bible? – and I’d say it would be suitable for anyone – no matter what age – seeking help in starting Bible reading. As they say in the introduction,
A lot of people would like to become more familiar with the Bible’s characters, stories and message. That’s a worthy ambition, but where do you begin? Many would-be readers are paralyzed by the sheer size of the Bible and by not knowing where to start.
So this week’s Good Question is: I’d like to start reading the Bible, but its feels like a massive undertaking. I’m not even sure what the Bible is or how it’s laid out. Is there a good way to start?
First, it’s important realize that the Bible is not an ordinary book that reads smoothly from cover to cover. It’s actually a library, or collection, of books written by different authors in several languages over several thousand years. But it’s a readable library, and you can get through it. Its books are “shelved” by type and topic, just as in a public library: history, the Law, the Prophets, poems and wisdom literature, eyewitness accounts of Jesus (the Gospels), collections of letters, and mind-blowing apocalyptic descriptions of the past, present and future. What a treasure trove to explore!
Take a look and see if their advice might help you or someone you know.